March 4, 2012 ·38 Comments
HARGEISA- Street vendor Mohamed Ahmed Coofiye set his small trading post on fire on Sunday to protest after local government informed him that they were going to demolition his small trading post in order to improve the image of Hargeisa’s down town district. Reports say Mr. Mohamed Ahmed Coofiye sustained minor injuries on one of his hands and has been taken to Hargeisa hospital. Somaliland police besieged the area around the trading post and closed the post.
Mr. Coofiye sprayed petrol and set on fire his street vendor post after becoming fed up with Hargeisa City authority constant threats to remove his small shop from City Street after the city decided to conducted massive campaign of cleaning down town Hargeisa. Mohamed Ahmed Coofiye accused Hargeisa city authorities for their plan to take away his street vending shop where he made his living. It appears that Mr. Mohamed was emulating Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi who became the catalyst for the Arab spring revolution. The outcome of today’s event is yet to be seen and residents of Hargeisa’s are all anxious if Mohamed Ahmed’s protests will inspire other street vendors to take similar action against Hargeisa local government.
Hargeisa local government began a campaign to remove all street vendors from city central last week which caused some residents and politicians to question the amount of force that the local government was using against the street vendors. Small business such as street vendors and push carts employee are said to employee large sector of Somaliland work force and contribute Hargeisa’s prosperity.
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